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      Date: Feb 11, 2014
     Title: OrganicAg news issue # 3 24th January 2014.

Great to get feedback, some really simple but hugely encouraging; These are great Bill, keep them coming!!

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OrganicAg news issue # 3 24th Janaury 2014.

 

Hi,

Great to get feedback, some really simple but hugely encouraging; These are great Bill, keep them coming!!

Be sure to let your mates know to visit http://www.organicag.co.nz/ and sign up for the newsletter.

Organic Wine in NZ;

Figures from Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ) show that in 2012, 2550 hectares of vineyard land was certified organic in New Zealand - about 7.6 per cent of the country's total vinelands. Of these, half were fully certified, and the rest were in conversion to organic production.............................

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/cropping/9622356/Winemakers-seek-organic-grail

IFOAM;

Register by 31 January to take full advantage of the very early bookers' discount for the 18th Organic World Congress, 13-15 October, in Istanbul Turkey.

The Organic World Congress (OWC) welcomes interested parties from a variety of backgrounds with a common interest in growing and strengthening the organic sector. It is a unique opportunity to share knowledge and know-how, explore new partnerships, and devise concepts to shape the future of organics.

http://www.owc2014.org/?lang=en&page=registration

New York---Organic shortage!

Organic and cage free eggs are becoming popular to the point that that some major grocery chains are reporting shortages.

Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/24501646/organic-food-shortage-hits-us#ixzz2rIlrk2lc

 

Finally an organic control for flour pests;

There is now a safer, organic option to controlling a moth that destroys hundreds of tonnes of stored organic rice, grains and flour every year.

The Indian meal moth (Plodia interpunctella) is a headache for grain millers, manufacturers and retailers and a nuisance in home pantries throughout Australia and up until now there wasn't an effective organic option available for controlling it.

Organic Crop Protectant's product PyGanic® has just received approval from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to be used against Indian meal moth in silos, processing facilities and shop shelves.

Australian Certified Organic spokesperson Joanne Barber says being an approved product for use in certified organic businesses, this is a significant development. "It's great news for organic growers, processors and retailers because it's the first available APVMA and Australian Certified Organic allowed control for stored grain pests."

Organic Crop Protectants' Gary Leeson says, "Organic processors came to me saying they were in dire straits because they had no way of controlling stored grain pests since all the APVMA registered products were either synthetic pyrethroids or were natural pyrethrins with piperonyl butoxide (PBO)."

Conventional businesses commonly use a natural pyrethrin pesticide to control the pest but it contains PBOs, a banned substance under international and domestic organic standards because it's a suspected carcinogen. The challenge for the company was to source a product that didn't have PBOs.

Gary says, "The moth is really hard to control because its eggs lay dormant and then turn up in flour and other grain products at this time of the year. Millions of dollars of contaminated product has to be thrown out because of it. It is very important to be vigilant and apply sprays regularly before and after emptying storage facilities to control populations."

To comply with organic standards Organic Crop Protectants also had to source a supplier that didn't use a petrochemical solvent when extracting pyrethrum from the chrysanthemum flower.

To satisfy these requirements it looked to the United States to find possibly the only supplier in the world that uses a non-petrochemical process to extract pyrethrum and develop a product without PBOs.

Gary says, "We would like to support a local pyrethrum industry such as Tasmania's but it can't afford to produce the product without using conventional solvents.

"The United States has access to huge organic markets across the States and Europe that are demanding these types of pyrethrums, so the company we use can justify the more expensive non-petrochemical based extraction method."

Australian Organic media Kathy Cogo 07 4771 3714 | 0466 015 183. Images of moth available.

 

Organic coconut water brand COCOZIA extends distribution;

By Ben Bouckley+, 03-Jan-2014

Organic coconut water brand COCOZIA says a new distribution deal will extend its access to 'key retail chains' in the US.

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Manufacturers/Organic-coconut-water-brand-COCOZIA-extends-distribution

 

Germany: Latest cultivation figures for organic vegetables;

German organic farmers have grown more pumpkins and courgettes this year than previously assumed, according to research figures into organic vegetable farming, carried out by the German Agricultural Market Information company (AMI).

In 2012 a total of 9.3% of the total German vegetable acreage was used for organic cultivation. This corresponds to an area of nearly 11.000 hectares. Fruiting vegetables, such as organic pumpkins and courgettes utilized an above average percentage of the total area. Together these vegetables covered 17% (1,422 acres) of the total organic vegetable acreage. Also organic legumes such as peas and beans, which are sold for frozen food, covered an above average proportion of the total area, 15%.

Root vegetables such as carrot, onion and beetroot remain the most important group within the organic vegetables range with a total growing area of more than 3,000 acres, 29% of the organic farmland in Germany.

Publication date: 12/24/2013

WhiteWave (USA) aquire Earthbound Farm for $US600 million................................

WhiteWave Foods, best known for its Horizon Organic Milk, Silk and Land O' Lakes beverage and dairy labels, has a new product line: vegetables.

The company, which just completed its spin-off from Dean Foods in May 2013, has purchased the organic produce grower Earthbound Farm. The $600 million price tag isn't out of line for the acquisition, either, since it will give WhiteWave a seat at the head of the table as the largest organic produce manufacturer in the country..............

http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/01/organic-earthbound-farm-sells-whitewave-600m/

Green Living Show and NZ Organic Natural Expo 2014.

Saturday 5th July 2014, 10am-5pm | Sunday 6th July 2014, 10am-5pm | ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane West, Auckland New Zealand's Consumer and Trade Sustainability Show, 4th year in 2014, unveils "4 shows under 1 roof". It will showcase the range of creative and responsible products, organic, services and innovation already available and soon to be, which can help us all live a healthier lifestyle and achieve a healthier planet. - See more at:

http://www.organicexpo.co.nz/#sthash.4Jzx1WLk.dpuf

The OANZ AGM will be held at this event and venue. more later.

Celebrating the International Year of the Family Farm.

Ruddenklaus' success in the 2013 Southland Ballance Farm Environment Awards where they won the Hills Laboratories Harvest Award and the Alliance Quality Livestock Award.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/agribusiness/9497780/Organic-farming-turns-property-around

Website of this issue;

Acres America has a special on a number of publications at present.

About Acres U.S.A.

Acres U.S.A. is North America's oldest publisher on commercial-scale organic/sustainable farming. For more than four decades our mission has been to help farmers, ranchers and gardeners grow food organically, sustainably, without harmful, toxic chemistry.

http://www.acresusa.com/

Feature Quote ;

"The test of a diet is the wholeness of those who eat it."

G T Wrench, M.D.

Regards,
Bill Quinn,
Organic Promotions.
R.D.4 Paeroa. 3674.
www.organicag.co.nz
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